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Fabric Mask Donations for HCW

We are working with the statewide group: "Sewing Masks for Maine" to get fabric masks to local healthcare organizations.
If you are interested in sewing masks to be donated, please use this pattern: "Deaconess Mask Sewing Tutorial" and these guidelines:
 

1. 100% cotton, tightly woven fabric (such as quilting cotton) only.  No flannel, no knits, no metallic prints, no glitter. 
2. Wash all fabrics in hot water & tumble dry on high before sewing to preshrink.  
3. Masks should have fabric ties; do not use elastic straps as masks that are latex-free are preferred.  Metal inserts along the nasal bridge are not needed.
4. A variety of colors and prints are welcome!  Tip: Use muslin, solids or the wrong side of a print for the lining, as it helps the wearer recognize the inside vs. outside of the mask.
5. Sewing quality needs to be as high as possible, please backstitch and trim threads neatly.  Sew with care- these are urgently needed, but quality matters.
6. And please remember good Sewing Hygiene :

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before sewing, and after doing anything that takes you away from your machine.
  • Wipe down your machine and your iron with rubbing alcohol or other disinfectant before beginning.
  • Sew a practice mask for yourself, and use this while sewing the masks to donate.
  • Never try a mask you intend to donate on your own face, your child's face, or a pet. These need to remain as sanitary as possible.
  • As you complete masks, keep them grouped in a sealed ziploc bag. Label each bag with your name and # of masks, and drop-off the sealed bag for donation.

If you have already made masks with elastic ear bands - Thank You!  They can still be dropped off and will be locally donated and gratefully used.
For drop-off locations in our area, please check with Sewing Masks for Maine's current listings.